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  1. I wasn't even legally allowed to play GTA when I joined here because looking at my old profile picture of me standing on tower bridge, I must've been 13/14. :erm: Luckily the last thing I downloaded on my PC was someone trying to calm a potato down, so it is a fitting swap. 

    I see a few names here that I remember! Hey there folks! It's been an age a while.

    On 1/25/2019 at 2:59 PM, rockstarrem said:

    Still alive. How's everyone doing? What is everyone up to these days?

    Eh, since I was last active here? Jumps over 10 years in time. I finished high school, moved away from home briefly to go to university and study graphic design, which I've graduated in and working in retail now. I still play GTA, recently finished the story of GTA V again a week ago (so I could do some achievement hunting on console) but mostly I spend my life on discord or playing Overwatch these days.

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  2. I feel somewhat bad, I used to contribute a lot to this forum and I still feel like a part of the community despite going, as one could say "AWOL" for the near part of a year, coming back once every two or three months. The big issue here isn't with the forums, it's that the GTA series has died because there has been a sheer lack of any information on any new game that could potentially be released in the next few years. That's what GTA communities need, a brand spanking new GTA game for everyone to get excited about.

    Moving swiftly on...

    As for the poll, I voted on the following:

    - New and more active staff: I feel somewhat guilty here as well, being a forum boss. I haven't been around to look after the Vice City Forum. With regards to this issue, it's weird that I know every single one of the staff members and I have only been gone a year and a half - in other words, it's practically the same since I left, except there's no Spaz The Great anymore.

    - Extra site features and new types of content: Self explanatory, although I'm not quite sure what needs to be added but it would be certainly a good addition.

    - Focus on the gang system again: I would totally rejoin the Fiore Family Mafia if it were to be recreated, of course, the gang system would need to be rebooted. I would never have a problem with the gang system, in fact, it kept me on here when I was bored. It will certainly increase activity but I know that not everyone will be for this option. I gave me some great memories to say the least.

    In the likely event that after I post this message I won't be seen for another 2 months (Facebook and MSN non-inclusive for those who have either), I would like to wish you good luck in revamping and hopefully bringing the forums back up to its former glory, or better. Alternatively, I could try to come on here more often, I miss talking to some of you guys, especially Scott., Spider-Vice, mpilk, Gerard and so on... it could be good to return as a full time member :)

  3. It's beginning to look quite good, just wish I was around more to appreciate it better. It's coming to the point where I can barely remember the old TGTAP skin. But, as one would say "Out with the old, in with the new", better quality boards bring a better TGTAP.

    I like the comment feature on statuses, that would avoid the status area being spammed up with people replying to someone else's status. But I think IPB is becoming too much like a social networking site rather than a board - just without the fun stuff such as games.

  4. Maybe invest in advertising it a bit more on other websites, however, this be a little bit expensive. I could certainly try spreading the site around to my friends and what not, but most of them aren't into GTA any more.

  5. Hi guys,

    I went on a somewhat long absence from here and a lot has happened. The reasons I was away for so long was that I was stuck in Florida for the whole of April and I am focusing on school at the moment. I have came on in the past fortnight or so but I didn't make any posts or anything.

    I have to apologise to Gerard for not helping out with the GTA VC Gameplay & Help forum as I am Forum Boss of that but I've simply not had the time in the past 3 or 4 months but I am hoping to continue on with this job into the summer and I didn't feel attached to the internet as I was before due to the death of my beloved dog in February.

    Anyway back to real life. Next week (the week that begins on the 24th of May), I will be going on a Duke Of Edinburgh Award expedition in the Ochils in Central Scotland and I will be going to Alton Towers again on Thursday evening, hopefully arriving on the morning of Friday. It will be fun week hopefully, but I bet my feet will be killing me so I'll be able to sleep on the bus ride to Alton Towers. :D


  6. Damn, it is an end of an era for TGTAP. :(

    The Gang System was actually the best way for people to make new friends and new people to talk to. Friendly rivalries between the LCF and the FFM were once in existence back when the FFM first formed. It truly had its worthwhile memories and maybe some that are wanting to be forgotten but it was a good place to have a chat, chill out for the day and catch up with your fellow "gang members".

  7. What an idiot, that's a hard wad of cash that was spent. I've played Farmville before, yes it can get slightly addictive but not to the extent that I actually would use real money on it. That boy needs a life and after the rollocking he probably got off his mother, I'd be surprised if he didn't want a life.

  8. This topic is getting quite harsh. He changed his mind at the last minute, so what? He did say that he was going to be busy and might be leaving the site temporarily, who's to say that he won't. It's like you guys are encouraging him to leave which is not appropriate as we all are members who have also had our lows.

    Yes Raybob may annoy you but he's been given a chance of redemption, what we need to do is help him get better. Yelling and slagging off other members is not the way to go, it's immature. It's no wonder why Raybob wants to leave, he gets this from us everyday.

    I like this new restricted group idea, it allows members to improve before they get the possible ban. Insulting members will not be helping them and causing their 'behaviour' to become worse. Restricted members may well be similar to 2nd class citizens but they should also be treated as a member of the forum. Members generally follow the rules, so should restricted members but insulting Raybob for creating a topic, which was valid at the time of creation, makes you worse than Raybob.Yes he may have made a topic that annoyed you, but you could at least try to ignore it. You're giving Raybob what he wants - attention.

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  9. 'Islamic Terrorism' is more of a threat to the United States. I'm not old enough to remember IRA but my parents tell me stories about their experiences with them - for example, they were driving into Hartlepool or another Yorkshire town beginning with 'H' with a car with an Irish registration, by chance Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher was also in Hartlepool. They got stopped by the police just to be checked.

    The London bombings only happened in 2005 because the Metropolitan Police were down numbered due to the G8 summit that was happening in Gleneagles, Scotland. Then in 2007, Glasgow Airport was bombed. I remember watching both on the news. I was appalled, more so than what happened on 9/11 because terrorism was happening here not there.

  10. Not really, I don't want to go out with anyone right now. My dog died last Saturday and my sister had to go into Stirling Royal Infirmary for an operation so I can't really cope with it. I have to be there for my family more than I could possibly be with a girlfriend and I don't want to push her to the back of my priorities because of what's happened.

    Anyway, I was going out with someone until Wednesday when we decided to end it. But we've been wanting to start back up soon, just not tonight or tomorrow. I have been asked and I've told her that I need time to decide so she knows that I could take a little while.

    I couldn't do anything tomorrow anyway, my sister's coming home and we now have responsibility of looking after her, helping her walk to the toilet and what not. Not going to be fun. I did plan to go to the cinema or to Stirling with my girlfriend but then this happened and then we ended it temporarily so we couldn't.

  11. Again, what part of that sentence wasn't English? I believe that WRX his status like that for a laugh, I found it confusing and funny.

    Raybob, you've just got of a suspension, again. Why are you ruining it for yourself and insulting others? I thought after a week you would be able to forget about it but it seems not. Next step is a ban most likely but after all that complaining about the restricted group, I don't think you'd mind a permanent vacation from TGTAP.

  12. Like TM, I'm not that active on here anymore but I am active enough to see the posts and immature comments that Raybob's been making. And I agree with the whole of TM's post just to say.

    Raybob, I can assure you that many people on this forum do not want you here, some of them may be Moderators or Admins. But you have been given a chance to help correct yourself. The way you've acted the past few months tell me at least that you're not willing to be here and you want to be banned. Some member in the restricted group don't complain, they are trying to get themselves out of the group and are following rules and advice. You on the other hand just seem to enjoy complaining about this 'wonderful' new status of yours. You got yourself in this group, this means that only you can get yourself out - although you have been suspended twice while in the group, third time you're probably going to get banned. I really doubt you will get yourself out of the group, but you can but try even if it's hopeless.

    If you don't like being in the group then leave.

  13. What if in some cases you couldn't physically look after your parents?

    I'm not talking about being disabled either mentally or physically, I'm talking about not being able to in different reasons. Someone may not be able to look after them for many reasons like:

    • You're way too busy, just like your parents were at the same age. Sometimes they even sent you to a childminder or after school club.
    • You don't live in the same country as your parents. You may have moved country because you wanted a better place or environment to work.
    • You may live too far to look after your parents, for example, you could live in London but your parent(s) live in Edinburgh. Making it virtually impossible to take care of your parents.
    • Your parents may not want your help.
    • You hate your parents.
    • You have a life of your own to develop or control. Looking after your parents will take much of this away.
    • Your parents may not need help.

    Just because they're or they will be elderly, doesn't automatically make them vulnerable and in desperate need of care. Take a look at the far east for example. People over there don't regard elderly people as vulnerable, they regard them as respected. My grandpa is finding it difficult to walk, and yet he still manages to live his own life by himself. My grandparents in Florida don't need my dad and my aunt all the time, yes they miss us occasionally but they are perfectly healthy and look after each other when something occurs.

    It shouldn't always be the responsibility of the son or daughter to look after their parents. And it's not up to the already hated government to decide whether or not parents need help by their children.

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